VIDEO: RMLD Attempting To Build New Substation On Ballardvale Street In Wilmington

WILMINGTON, MA — At its June 13 meeting, the Wilmington Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a variance to allow RMLD to construct an electrical substation (with a 2,000 sq. foot maintenance building) at 326 Ballardvale Street.

“RMLD needs to increase its electricity load. This is the only area in the general vicinity where the substation could be placed,” RMLD’s attorney told the board. “If this substation is denied, some future residents and businesses in the vicinity may not be able to receive electricity otherwise… We’re going to need a substation to serve this area.”

“If there was ever a case that would warrant a variance, this seems like an appropriate use and it’s for the public good,” responded member Tony Barletta, who noted the project is located in the highway/industrial area.

The variance involved lot size requirements (required 80,000 minimum vs. proposed 66,600).

RMLD will next go to the Planning Board for stormwater management and site plan review.

Watch the quick Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:

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